Military arrests militia, recover arms in Nasarawa

From Francis Nansak, Lafia

The Nigerian military has disclosed that it has arrested Bassa militia men who were in possession of dangerous weapons in Nasarawa State.

In a statement signed by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, and issued to newsmen in Lafia, on Sunday, he disclosed that the suspects were undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the Nigeria Police.

According to him: “Troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State acting on credible intelligence that a group of Bassa armed militia were planning to attack some Tiv villages over land disputes.

“Troops raided their camp located at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area of Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

“Troops apprehended 7 members of the Bassa militia dressed in red shirts in the camp.

“Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one Dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

“Other items are, one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert Camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.”

According to him, the Military high command applauded the troops and requested the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the country.

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